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    Today, 09:25 AM
    Stainless is a fine and dandy thing for concealed carry, hunting, etc. . ., but carbon steel is the material of choice when it comes down to the hand work that goes into fitting super-sexy custom guns like that. If you're looking for a match...
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    Today, 09:07 AM
    Leebuilder - many thanks! "Bolt head should not clock more than 15 degrees past. . ." Am I correct in assuming you mean it should bottom out on its threads less than 15 degrees past its orientation in the action-closed position? Headspace. ....
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    Yesterday, 11:46 PM
    To be clear, I would absolutely, positively give a home to an original P210 should the opportunity arise. How the newer ones rate on the sexiness scale, I cannot say, but it probably IS safe to say that they are single-stack, Browning-pattern 9mm's...
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    Yesterday, 11:25 PM
    I've done several smelts in which the shotgun slugs were all segregated from other materials, and the slugs in the smelts were predominantly Winchester Fosters. I did a hardness test of bullets that were both air and water-cooled and got 8 BHN from...
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    Yesterday, 11:04 PM
    I'm pretty tight with the shop owner; the plan is actually for me to hang out and get all the bores punched out, make sure any numbered magazines are moved around to match the receivers if that's possible, and generally get them ready to sell if...
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    Yesterday, 10:34 PM
    I may get an opportunity to purchase a No. 4 SMLE after getting to cherry pick my way through a batch of about a dozen my LGS is hoping will be available. Hoping for some guidance on the finer points of selection and rejection. Other than bore...
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    03-19-2018, 10:44 PM
    I think we also maybe need to start the sport of "World War Action Shooting", so we can convince Uberti to start making replicas of Webleys. . .and their contemporaries. The Cowboy game pretty much revitalized the brass market for a ton of...
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    03-19-2018, 10:22 PM
    My SOP is to rip the full-length guide rods OUT of any 1911 that follows me home and replace it with the original GI profile parts, largely down to me having a real peeve about needing things like Allen wrenches to field-strip a pistol that could...
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    03-18-2018, 11:05 PM
    I'm hearing, "Buy a Uberti Low Wall in .357" I've kinda been planning to anyway, but message received, loud and clear. Sorry for your misfortune.
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    03-17-2018, 07:41 PM
    Received my shiny new Webley hulls yesterday. Now that I've got that whole "lifetime supply" thing sorted out, I should be able to sleep soundly.:happy dance:
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    03-17-2018, 10:27 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread 308 cast loads in Cast Boolits
    I use the same mold for as the practice bullet my Ruger Scout - GREAT design! Ranch Dog really broke out the slide rule to design a dedicated .308 Winchester bullet, and as such, getting it to fit and shoot was really straightforward. As a happy...
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    03-17-2018, 10:11 AM
    Randy, There's no shortage of good molds, and in looking at Accurate, you've found a good source. Bullets in the 240 to 275 grain range will serve you well. I'm no longer one to go extra heavy for the sake of a number - the eye opener for me...
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    03-15-2018, 12:07 AM
    Thin Man, I would think a trimming of their .38-55 to length would make you a happy man, though they seem to be taking their .38-55 production seriously enough that a little asking on your part might convince them to do a run of a little shorter...
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    03-14-2018, 11:34 PM
    I've been treated to the primer or .22 in the pot once and come off lucky. Not fun. I have heard that the Tinsel Fairy's name in ancient Gaelic is pronounced "Aiieeegh Suunove Bieech". I was surprised to find that I seem to be fluent in ancient...
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    03-11-2018, 11:35 AM
    Thinking of the purchase as potentially a lifetime investment helps. I'm not saying you shouldn't shop around, but squirrel your acorns for the purpose so that when the target of opportunity DOES present itself, you can suck up the cost without...
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    03-10-2018, 02:48 PM
    I've got three tools for it. One is a piece of roughly 5/8 x 1/4" iron bar stock that I made a wooden handle for that is my general stir/scrape stick. The second is a large metal serving spoon. The bar stirs and breaks the graphite coating off...
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    03-10-2018, 12:39 AM
    Yeah. . .and the notifications on the MP MKIV mold GB haven't gone out yet. . .
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    03-08-2018, 10:55 AM
    I too have experienced the dispersion issue with a 75% meplat, though it was with a 400+ grain .45-70 WFN. Great out to about 150 yards; was coming seriously unglued at 200. I like to joke that Elmer Keith must have been mad at the world when he...
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    03-08-2018, 10:33 AM
    Here you go my brothers! https://www.starlinebrass.com/brass-cases/455-Webley-MKII/ $0.37 to $0.42 each depending on quantity.
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    03-08-2018, 10:10 AM
    You can check erosion at the muzzle by inserting a cartridge bullet-first. The farther away from the case it stops, the less wear you have. Ideally, handguards and such will space things out so the gas cylinder lock screw will start snugging up...
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    03-08-2018, 01:06 AM
    That whole mouse control is a hugely valuable asset, otherwise, think of all the .22 caliber holes in the walls!:mrgreen: Daddy's 15YO Precious Treasure goes to the vet tomorrow for pretty extensive dental work. Fingers crossed...
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    03-04-2018, 11:43 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread .45 ACP Lever Action in Leverguns
    As an aside to this topic, it's possible to use a 1911 magazine as something of a speedloader for the loading gate of a .45 ACP-converted single action wheelgun. Might be an added bonus to this lever gun conversion.
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    03-04-2018, 02:48 PM
    I guess I'm mainly concerned with what the field kit of a serious shooter of the day would have consisted of. An appropriate powder measure could be any tube cut to desired length once the rifle's "happy charge" was figured out. Would the...
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    03-04-2018, 09:38 AM
    You'll for sure want to figure out (A.) the bore diameter, and (B.) the rate of twist. As mentioned, Winchester at least marketed the cartridge as a high velocity express round shooting lighter bullets with a slower twist. They are not a launch...
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    03-03-2018, 11:25 AM
    You'd have much better luck selling it to me if you left it alone. I don't know how many I've left on the rack after saying "GAWD******! A REFINISH!" Restoring guns isn't like repainting a car where you sand down one surface and paint another...
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    03-02-2018, 05:17 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Advice on Lyman molds in Cast Boolits
    Left Years ago for MP, Accurate, and NOE You state in your OP that you're on the road to writing off Lyman molds. I'd say you're right to keep driving. I've written off the expense of mine as a learning experience and moved on. We've got...
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    03-01-2018, 10:08 PM
    Yeah. . .those 329's can sting a bit. I picked up the round butt 4.25" Redhawk .45Colt/.45ACP last year. The load I've settled on (for now) is the NOE/Ranch Dog 230 grain tumble lube RNFP at about 1025 FPS. I wanted something that was well...
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    03-01-2018, 02:16 AM
    .22 Mag is a popular cartridge with some of my buddies who are into fox and coyote hunting, but most of them aren't into reloading or aren't nearly as into reloading as most of the novices here. Can't reload it; costs a lot; from what it sounds...
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    02-28-2018, 09:47 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Fun old singleshots? in Rimfire Area
    It took my uncle, my dad, & probably half the kids in their town to wear out a Remington 510 to where the striker wouldn't stay safely engaged. . .and then we had it gunsmithed around 1980 and essentially repeated the process with me on the trigger...
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    02-28-2018, 09:38 PM
    I thought I posted to this thread. . .hmmm. Pre-senior moment, I suppose. When you consider the relative rarity of the K and J frame .22's compared to their .38 brethren, and what they really are when you get right down to it, the $600-$800 they...
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check